Photographer's Note

Tomorrow is St Nicholas. So I am posting a photo of his statue in Demre, where he was an Orthodox bishop and where he died.

St Nicholas was born in the ancient city of Patara, in what is now Turkey, but was then the Eastern Roman Empire, in the 4th century AD.
He then became the bishop of the ancient region of Lycia, and died in Myra, near the modern city of Demre.

He is well-known as being the Patron Saint of children, as he is said to have saved three children from murder during a period of famine. In general, he is famous for bringing help to people in difficulty.
He then became the saint who rewarded the good children with presents and punished the bad children.
This tradition used to be celebrated on DECEMBER 6th, the supposed date of his death, and still is in Northern European and Orthodox countries.
But in other countries, it was gradually transferred to Christmas Eve, and St Nicholas became Santa Claus, which merged with the popular figure of Father Christmas.

A few WS will show you the saga of the different ways St Nicholas is perceived in Turkey and in other Christian countries.

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